Covers & Content: July 2017

How diverse were the July 2017 issues of Canada’s top fashion magazines? We report on this every month, taking into consideration the cover star as well as the representation in the fashion editorials. Read on to find out how this month’s issues fared.

The Magazine: Elle Canada

The Cover Star: Michaela Kocianova

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: No! They had an opportunity to have some diversity and totally didn’t choose to; there was one fashion  editorial in this month’s issue and it starred two thin, white models. As such, this is a Whiteout Issue.

Does the magazine appear to feature any plus-size models in the editorials?: No.


Note: this information is the same as what was reported last month

The Magazine: FASHION

The Cover Star: Heather Marks

Perceived Appearance of Cover Star: White

Does the magazine appear to feature any models of colour in the editorials?: This was a Whiteout Issue. This is especially disappointing as it is FASHION’s Summer Issue, covering both June and July 2017. There were two fashion editorials. The first starred one thin, white model. The second starred two thin, white models. As such, there were a lot of wasted opportunities for diversity.

Does the magazine appear to feature any plus-size models in the editorials?: No.

Quick Hit: Perfect White Shirt Outfit

As you know, I’m very into Canadian Living magazine, and this magazine has had surprisingly good styling the past few years.

Image above found here.

I spotted the outfit above in their April 2017 issue and thought it was perfect–the silver jewelry, strappy flats and cropped jeans — artsy, and appropriate for casual/creative work environments. I think I might be doing riffs on this outfit all Spring long…


Oldie But Goodie: “King & I” editorial from Lucky Magazine

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I was flipping through my collection of old Lucky magazines, and I came across this spread, “The King & I” styled by Jennifer Hitzges and photographed by Tierney Gearon. I’m not sure what issue it is from exactly, but I think it’s from 2013. It was such good styling I just had to share some scans.

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The description of this editorial was “Mix ladylike pieces with stark prints, a few retro details and maybe just a hint of Elvis.” Oh Lucky, you were so, so good.

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In the one above, it’s hard to tell from the scan, but she is wearing sparkly silver boots! Also, if you like this look, I definitely recommend this dress by She Loves Dresses.

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Current Style Inspiration Board: June 2016


I love Pinterest and all, but when it comes to getting dressed in the morning, I want to see my current style inspiration without logging in to anything.

Enter my good old fashioned cork board, which I update whenever I need new inspiration. Here, I’ve pulled inspiration from the late and great Lucky and Teen Vogue before it sucked.

Here’s what I’m into this month:

  • soft colours and pastels punctuated by flashy jewellery (see the two images on the bottom right). I love the idea of having a light-coloured shirt contrasted with bronze-age-style necklaces, or lady-like pastels with glitzy, Vegas-inspired baubles
  • Jewel tones mixed in with brighter, summery shades or simple tshirts (see top middle, top right). Why not wear an eggplant skirt with a white tshirt and black vest like the Kstew ensemble?
  • Office-appropriate staples rethought with bright colours or textures (ex, an orange pencil skirt, metallic loafers, etc)

Random Style Inspiration: Imogen Poots in Flare March 2014

I was going through my stack of old Flare magazines, and paused when I saw the Imogen Poots cover story for their March 2014 story. I loved the dress she is wearing on the cover (so fresh! so fun! so perfectly on-trend still even for a two-year-old magazine), and flipped to the interview.


Styled by Tiyana Grulovic and shot by Jason Kim, the whole shoot was totally inspired. I would wear every look still, and wish I had all the clothes in my closet.

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I loved the colour, the prints, the white shoes that worked with everything, and the sharp accessories.

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It’s exactly the look I want for spring/summer: polished but not stuffy, bright but not obnoxious, ladylike but cheeky. I just had to share it all here for some quick style inspiration–well done, Flare!

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